Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Love with Food - April 2013

Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods

by Andrew Zimmern

This is April's box from a monthly food sample subscription box called Love with Food.  This one costs $10 a month plus $2 shipping or less if you purchase a six month or annual subscription.  They also donate a meal to a hungry child for each box sold!  If you have watched the Travel Channel, you probably watched an episode of Bizarre Food with Andrew Zimmern.  All the samples in this box were chosen by Andrew.  In this box were the following samples:
  1. Mini Pops - air popped sorghum grain
  2. The Good Bean - smoky chili & lime chickpea snack
  3. Pollen Ranch - organic fennel pollen to spice dishes
  4. Somersault Snacks - salty pepper nuggets
  5. Oloves - lemony lover olives
  6. Buff Lo Dip - creamy buffalo ranch dip
  7. JJ's Sweets - sea salt & original cocomel, coconut milk caramels
I was looking forward to receiving this box when I heard Andrew would be chosing the products.  So far we have tried everything except the pollen and popped grain.  The olives were sampled first and they were really delicious. I like the idea of olives in a package without the vinegar, no draining required.  Though I like the idea of a healthier caramel using coconut milk, we were just not crazy about the taste.  Hubby loves the dip and I haven't tried it yet.  We weren't crazy about the chickpea and somersault snacks either.  While most items weren't something we would repurchase, it is still fun to try new items each month and I recommend this box!  Check out what I received last month here. Which food subscription box is your favorite?

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Birchbox - April 2013

Women's Health Birchbox

This is a monthly cosmetic sample subscription box from a company called Birchbox. This box costs $10 per month which includes shipping.  In April's box were the following samples:
  1. Women's Health Magazine - card for free one year subscription
  2. Welda - 3 packet samples of body lotion
  3. Nexxus - rejuvenating hair elixir
  4. Skin & Co - Sicilan Shower Body Gel
  5. Stri-Vectin SD - eye concentrate for wrinkles .25 fl oz
  6. Young Blood - anti-shine mattifier
It's a bit odd that this box was named "Women's Health" when the only product for health is the magazine subscription! This was a good box, since the magazine subscription alone pays for it.  Birchbox is hit and miss, some months it's a good deal and other months it can be quite a disappointment.  They do have a profile that you can fill out and it is suppose to aid them in sending you products that are suited for your skin tone, hair type, etc.  They have several different boxes that they send out each month.  If you read another subscriber's review, they more than likely received different products than I did.  I was hoping that I would receive the nail polish since I listed on my profile that's what I would like to receive most of all, but no such luck.  So I really question if they even use the profile in their selection process of samples that they send out!  They have a points system where you can receive points for referrals, purchases and reviews.  For every 100 points you receive $10 off a future purchase.  Each box that is sent gives you 10 points, so in 10 months you would have $10 off a purchase even if you didn't get any referrals or reviewed any products.  The points expire in a year though.  Did you recently receive a Birchbox and did you like what you received?

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Hard Candy - Piece of Papaya Manicure

Presenting Piece of Papaya:

In the Sunlight



Wow, notice how this polish looks like a different color in the sunlight compared to the daytime and the nighttime!  It's almost a neon pink the sun, pink coral in the daytime and a southwest looking coral at night!  It appears to be a duo chrome polish.  When you hold the nail vertical it appears to be a coral color and when you hold it horizontal it's pink!  What a nice surprise this polish is, I love duo chrome polishes and this one is only $4 from Walmart.  This is from a new Hard Candy nail polish collection called Itzy Glitz Micro Glitter.  You can see my haul and swatches of this line of polish on another blog post, to do so click here.  I used two coats of Piece of Papaya and the first coat looks pink while the second color brings out the coral.  It was easy to apply and the brush is of a good quality.  I also used Seche Vite as my top coat and the base coat I used was Perfect Formula Manicure Booster.  The photos above were taken two days after applying it and the Perfect Formula is really working well at preventing chips.  It even prevents tip wear and it makes my nails feel really smooth after removing the polish.  It seemed to keep my nails moisturized and protected compared to other base coats.  This is the second time I've used it and the last manicure lasted seven days before chipping.  You can see the QVC Test Tube subscription box that included Perfect Formula Manicure Booster here.

So there you have it, my latest manicure.  What do you think, do you like duo chrome polish?  Don't forget to check out my Blog Sale before you leave!  I have lots of bargains just waiting for you to snag them up.  Also, check out my last manicure featuring Julie G's Rock Candy from the Frosted Gum Drops Collection.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Blog Sale - Nail Polish, Cosmetics & Misc.

Blog Sale

All items are new, never used unless stated & more items are added monthly to the bottom of the list. Updated March 27th 2014 with lower prices. Check out my Pinterest board for more nail polish, here! Ordering instructions are at the bottom of this post.  Click on the highlighted words for more pictures:

Julep's Teri (BNWS, coral pastel, retails for $14) $4,
Julep's Shenae (BNWS, mint pastel, retails for $14) $5,
Julep's Matte Suede Brit $4 (silver color, retails for $14), Julep Sienna (gold metallic, retails for $14) BNWS $4,
Julie G's Nail Polish in Sugar Rush $3.33, Julie G's Nail Polish in Tangerine Dream $3.33, Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color 908 Graphite Gravity $3 (retails for $9), Layla Magnetic Effect in Metallic Sky (blue color, retails for $15) $3.75,
Hot Ticket Strawberry Fields Forevah $3, Finger Paints Expressionist Red $2 (retails for $5),
Cherimoya Nail Polish Remover Pads (38) $2, Nail Glue $1, Bath & Body Works Nail File $1,
Nail Rock Nail Wraps gold & black animal print $2.50, Nail Fraud Black & White Checkered Patter Nail Wraps $2 (retails for $10),  Not pictured:  Julep's Parker (Golden Tangerine Creme, retails for $14) BNWS $4, Sally Hansen Salon Effects - real nail polish strips in 470 Lust-rous $3 (black with silver and gold glitter, retails for $10), Dotting Tool by Claire DH4040M $1.75 (picture here), Toe Separators from Julep $1 (picture here). BNWS means brand new with seal.   

Ellis Faas Lip Glazed Lip Color L302 (includes box) $3,
Model Co Berry Pink Lip Gloss with mirror on the side $3,  Jane Iredale Pure Gloss in Honey .17 oz $1.75 (retails for $19),
GlossyBox German Made Lipstick in Glossy Pink (has slight blemish at top) $3,
Bare Minerals Lipgloss in Jelly Roll $6 (includes seal),
Dalton Color Creme Lip Gloss in Patti's Pout (better photo here) $3,
Maybelline 24 hour Super Stay Lip Color in Everlasting Wine $1,
Maybelline 24 hour Super Stay Lip Color in Forever Chestnut $1   

Show Off Mascara by Beauty Addicts Jet Black (in box) $3, LiSi Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner Cauldron 01 (sealed box, retails for $6.90) $2,
Neutrogena nourishing eye quad tea biscuit 120 $1,
Sheer Cover Duo Concealer light/medium $1,
My Glam eye shadow brush & pink brush holder $2,
Lash Food Eyelash Conditioner $2,
Mally Evercolor Starlight waterproof eyeliner Midnight (with box) $5.50,
Tarte Smolder eyes eyeliner purple brown color with (small dent at top) $5,
Tarte eye liner skinny smolder eyes brown $5, Orfa eyebrow pencil universal brown $.95, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara brownish black $.95,
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara soft black $1,
Neutrogena nourishing eyeliner Brown Sugar $1, Not pictured: Julep American Beauty Volumizing Mascara $3.95 (retails for $24, photo here) 

Wei East pressed blush rose & cinnamon mirror compact $2,
Wei East shadow mirror compact $2,
Da Vinci Shimmer Powder Harmony 07 $3,
Bare Minerals Foundation in Fair 2g/.07 oz $3.75 (retails for $6.75),
your best friend posing plum lip liner with sharpener (sealed) $1,
von Berg riviera nude lipliner pencil $1, Jane Iredale Tantasia self taner (Summer Giveaway),
X Out Shine Control - moisturizing & mattifying primer to control oil $2, Lash Card sample $.50,
Wei East golden renewal revitalizing mud (free with purchase while supplies last),
My Prime Multi-Purpose Moisturizer $3, touch of sol skin base all skin types 1.06 fl oz $3 (honey & collagen primer, retails for $19),
Glytone Body exfoliating body wash 6.7 fl oz $4 (retails for $30),
Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser 6.77 fl oz $2 (retails for $8),
Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum & Stay Clear Cream $3, Joan Rivers Absolutely Magic revitalizing hand treatment (gradual fading of age spots, liver spots & freckles) 5 fl oz $2, Joan Rivers Absolutely Magic revitalizing hand treatment 2.5 fl oz $1.75, Wei East China Herbal Hand & Body Perfection 3.52 oz $1.95, Not pictured -Tarte Brazilliance self tanner .5 fl oz (Summer Giveaway)   

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Spray 6.7 fl oz $2.50 (retails for $6),
John Frieda Full Repair $2.50, Nick Chavez Shampooing Cream 2 fl oz $2.75 ($6 value), Nick Chavez Conditioner $2.75 ($6 value),
Tom's strawberry toothpaste $.75, Phyto anti-frizz balm straightens/moisturizes .5 fl oz $2 ($4 value), John Frieda Root Awakening smoothing lotion $.75  

Jewel Mint dangle earrings comes with black pouch (another photo here) $4, Jewel Mint citrus earrings comes with black pouch (another photo here, retails for $29.99) $3.25, Jewel Mint faux peridot dangle ring (approximate size 8, retails for $29.99) $3, In a Dog's Heart Book $3.75 (new, retails for $15),
perfekt brow perfection gel in caramel $1, Jouer coral glisten lip gloss $2 (sample sized, full size sells for $20),
Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis DVD (includes 3 workouts) $9 Not pictured:
Young Blood anti-shine mattifier .05 oz $2, Not pictured:
Tracy Anderson's Metamorphosis Cardio Workout 2.1 DVD (played once, mislabeled as 2.2) $8  

Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Trade Winds 320 $3,
Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade 047 $3.25, Revlon ColorStay Eye Shadow in Sea Mist 585 $2.25 (retails for $6),
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sorbet 053 $3.24 

Big Sexy Hair Powder Play $2.50,
Sation Nail Laquer Of Corset I'll Call You (swatched on nail wheel) $2.50,
Two Cosmetics heartache duo eyeshadow $2.50,
Be a Bombshell sweet cheeks blush $2.50

St. Tropez Self Tanner $3,
Yaby Concealer in buff $1,
Mirabella Lip Shear in Posy $2.50

Pop Sugar Bag $.95,
Pacifica Natural Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig $4,
Questions I Ask When I Want To Talk About Myself Deck by Mindy Kaling from the Mindy Project $4, Black Kooringal Giselle Mid Brim Hat (Summer Giveaway), Charm & Chain $7 for $30 gift card (says for PopSugar subscribers only)  

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lipstick in Cheeky Kiss $4.50 (retails for $26.55), Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Nail Files $1 (retails for $5), Coola Classic Sunscreen SPF 30 (Summer Giveaway)
Color Club Nail Polish Reign in Spain $3,
Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish in Poppy $6.50 (used for one mani, retails for $10)

BaubleBar - O-Ring stud wrap adjustable bracelet in coral $4 ($18 value)J Cat Beauty - Sparkling Cream Palette in SCP106 Volta $.50 ($4.49 value, has a crack on the lid on the bottom right)NYX - cream blush in CB02 Natural $3 ($6 value)Starlooks - Lip Pencil in K308 Bare $2 ($12 value)Chella - Ivory Lace Highlighter $2 ($18 value)

Ivory Mason Pink Crystal Daisy Sunglasses (better pic here) $135 value for only $25, Orly Choreographed Chaos $3.75 (retails for $8.50, bubblegum pink with blue and purple shimmer), Infinity sun glow on the go sunless tanner 5 oz $6.95 ($40 value)

Beauty Protector Shampoo & Conditioner $4, Jouer sample packets $0.25

Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 .23 fl oz (Summer Giveaway),
Pop Crayon $2.50,
BH Cosmetics - California Collection Eyeshadow Sample, $1,
Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Pretty in Plum $4.50

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product 2 oz $3.50 ($9.99 value), Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the color Beso $3.50 ($6.60 value)

Nailtini in Mai Tai $3 ($13 value), Noya - Lip Balm in Vanilla full size $2.50 ($3.99 value) 

Josie Maran - 100% Pure Argan Oil .5 fl oz full size $6 ($14.00 value)Mally - High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Starburst (shimmering pink) .12 oz full size, $7 ($20.00 value)Not Pictured - Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Mally's Baby $6 (retails for $20)

Starlooks Eye Pencil in Obsidian $3 ($12 retail value), J.Cat Lipstick in Honeycrisp $1.25, NYX Eyeshadow $2 ($4.50 retail value), Elizabeth Mott Volumizing Mascara $2.25 ($7.99 value)

WEN Finishing Treatment Creme $6.75 (4 oz, $27 value),
Alterna Bamboo Mist $2.50 (.85 fl oz, $5 value), Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in the color Saddle Shimmer $6 (.06 oz, $25 value)

Zoya in the color Mason $3.95 ($8 retail value)

Galaxy Chic Baked Eye Shadow in Astroid $3, Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Sunkissed $2.75 ($9 retail value),
Starlooks Eye Pencil in Topaz $3 ($14 value), Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Shameless $4 ($14 value)

Elite Therapeutics Shampoo & Conditioner $.95, Chella $2.95,
Dr. Jart+ $2

Sumbody Lip Balm in cantaloupe $2, Embryolisse Miracle Cream $1.75, LuLu Hair Powder $1.75

Alterna Bamboo - Kendi Dry Oil Mist (.85 oz, $5.06 value) $2.75, Mally - Starlight Eyeliner Mini in Dark Chocolate (.03 oz, $11.53 value) $3.75, Tarte - Smolder Eyes EyelinerJulep - Gloria Nail Color (.27 oz, full size, $14 value) $4

St. Tropez - Bronzing Face Lotion (.16 oz, $3 value) $1.75, Stila - Lip Glaze (.05 oz, full size, $3.11 value) $2Nick Chavez - Advanced Volume Conditioner (2 oz, $6 value) $2.50, IT Cosmetics - Volumizing Mascara

Green Tea Facial Blotting Paper 40 sheets $1.25, Kajal Eye Glider eye liner in brown and black with sharpener ($22 value) $4Lip Gloss in Timeless - sheer nude ($17.60 value) $3.75, Alaina Nail Color - driftwood taupe crème ($14 value) $4, America Nail Color silver stars with red & royal blue glitter ($14 value) $4

Mirabella - Eye Blender Brush ($27 retail value) $3.50J. Cat Beauty - Big Lip Pencil in Caramel Mocha ($4 value) $2Pop Beauty - Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Naturally Bare ($7.20 value) $2.25, Be a Bombshell - The One Stick in Sunset ($16 value) $3

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-aging Concealer in neutral medium $4.75 ($9.41 retail value), Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight $5.25 ($15 retail value)

Omni Potent Shampoo & Conditioner Sample Packet $.75, Inika Eyeshadow in Eternal Marine $2.75 ($20 retail value)

Sexy Hair Leave in Conditioner $2.50, Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in the color Penny $2.25, Mica Beauty Tinted Lip Balm $2.25

Bain de Terre Passion Flower Color Perserving Shampoo $1.95, Bain de Terre Conditioner $1.95

To Order: click here and email me (peacemanor@gmail.com) the list of items you wish to purchase, your zip code and your PayPal email address. If the link doesn't work, my email address is peacemanor at gmail dot com. I will then email you an invoice via PayPal and request payment within 24 hours.  Unpaid items go back up for sale and will no longer be held for you.

Shipping Info: shipping to the USA only via USPS. Depending on weight, prices range from $2.75 - $3.38 for first class mail. That is if it fits in a bubble envelope or small box and weighs under 14 oz. Shipments that weigh over 13 oz have to be shipped priority mail and prices start at $5.05. There are no handling charges and PayPal fees are paid for by me.  Orders are shipped within twenty four hours of payment except on Sundays. Your USPS tracking number or delivery confirmation number will be emailed to you after payment is made.

Payment Info:  Payment accepted via PayPal only.

Minimum Order:  $9 not including shipping.

Misc. Info:  references are available on the Julep ForumEbay and below in the comments.  Orders are taken in a first come, first paid basis.  Items with a line through them have been paid for, shipped and are no longer available.

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